Officers from the Louisiana State Police and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations have arrested a 25-year-old Mississippi man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash Tuesday night on the Interstate 10 bridge over the Middle Pearl River.
Daniel Alex Coy, of Gulfport, is being held at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and will be booked in Louisiana on counts of negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and felony hit-and-run, Trooper Dustin Dwight of the Louisiana State Police said Thursday.
Witness accounts from the scene led police to Coy’s blue Chevrolet Silverado pickup, and detectives were able to confirm that Coy was driving it at the time of the incident, Dwight said. The crash took the life of 26-year-old truck driver Steven Shawn Clark of Theodore, Alabama.
It happened as Clark and another truck driver, Roberto Torrez of San Antonio, were driving their 18-wheelers side-by-side over the bridge. Coy tried to pass Torrez on the right shoulder but hit the right front of Torrez’s rig. Torrez veered into Clark’s truck, which was pushed up and over the concrete guardrail on the side of the bridge and into the river below. Clark died at the scene.
The crash caused the closure of both spans of the bridge for several hours while Clark’s body was recovered.
Efforts to pull his truck from the water are ongoing, Dwight said.
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